During my Reiki 1 class at Kripalu Center, my teacher, Libby Barnett, when asked whether we directly touch the recipients of a Reiki session or hover in their energy field, responded,
“We’re a touch-starved culture. There are benefits from the direct touch in addition to the Reiki.”
She went on to talk about how touch is regulated and
minimized in schools, for instance, and how that impacts connection between
students and teachers. She discussed how touch relates to emotional intimacy in
our families. As a social worker, she knows a lot about this subject and her
authority and wisdom became deeply ingrained in me and all of her students that
auspicious week in October 2001.
But now, here we are in isolation. I haven’t seen a client in
person in 17 days. I shut down my in person practice a week before the shelter
in place orders for Illinois in order to practice physical distancing.
I’ll make an assumption here, that you, as someone interested in, or a practitioner of Reiki, dearly miss the hands-on practice of Reiki.
My heart is with you.
My heart grieves with you the loss of touch.
I invite you to put
your hands on your heart.
To feel the energy
that is in you and all around you.
That is Reiki.
Do this every day, multiple times a day. Notice your breath.
Notice the warmth from your hands. Appreciate the physical touch.
You are safe.
You are calm.
You are Reiki.
Please know that my daily distance Reiki is being sent to you and the wider world for healing and peace.
Welcome to my new website and blog: Reiki Healing Energy! I have been practicing Reiki since October 2001. It seems amazing to me that this is the first time I’m formally presenting my Reiki practice outside of a Reiki session, a wellness tune-up or a Reiki class. However the time seems right as I am very near to the exact date that I received my Reiki 1 attunement and then a few days later my Reiki 2 attunement at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in western Massachusetts. I clearly remember my heart racing with excitement as a sat in a metal folding chair receiving the attunements. I was filled with grace and love as I learned about Reiki and practiced it with my teachers, Libby Barnett and Maggie Babb (Chambers).
After my first attunement, like my fellow students, I was amazed by the awareness and presence I was able to experience during my morning yoga practice. Food tasted more vibrant as well. In my dorm room at Kripalu, I relished the view of the lake from my top bunk, the gnarled cherry tree beside my window and the gentle snores and words that rang out in our room during the night.
After the second attunement, the palm of my hand was alive with energy. In my dream that night, I was comforted by the presence of my maternal grandparents who sat with me and encouraged me on this journey. They smiled at me as they did when I was a child, with complete acceptance and understanding.
After leaving Kripalu, I experienced many challenges of balancing life’s daily demands with my Reiki aspirations. However, that is one of the beautiful aspects of Reiki. It is so simple and readily available that it can be integrated into one’s daily life with ease.
In future posts I will discuss what brought me to Reiki and some insights I have gained in the past 11 years. I look forward to your comments and hearing about your healing journey as well.
Wishing you light and peace.